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Greece Orthodox Church Leader Hospitalized

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i8j-u60bf3LQCQVdn835Z6S_ym1gD8T9UPDO0 Greece Orthodox Church Leader Hospitalized 1 day ago ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 4, 2007
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      Greece Orthodox Church Leader Hospitalized

      1 day ago

      ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The ailing leader of
      Greece's Orthodox Church was hospitalized for
      tests Monday as doctors re-evaluated his cancer treatment, his office said.

      Archbishop Christodoulos, 68, was diagnosed with
      cancer in June. He spent 10 weeks hospitalized in
      Miami but a planned liver transplant was aborted
      when the cancer was found to have spread. His
      office did not say how long he was expected to be in the hospital.

      Christodoulos, elected church leader in 1998, has
      been instrumental in attempts to improve ties
      with the Roman Catholic Church. In 2001, he
      received Pope John Paul II in Athens — the first
      pope to visit Greece in nearly 1,300 years —
      ignoring protests from Orthodox hard-liners.

      He followed up last year with a historic visit to
      the Vatican, where he and Pope Benedict XVI
      signed a joint declaration calling for
      inter-religious dialogue and restating opposition to abortion and euthanasia.

      Nearly all of Greece's 11 million people have
      been baptized as Orthodox. There are more than
      200 million members of the Orthodox Church
      worldwide, making it the second-largest Christian
      group after the Catholic Church.
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